Technology, Pessimism, and Postmodernism / Edition 1

Technology, Pessimism, and Postmodernism / Edition 1

by Yaron Ezrahi, Everett Mendelsohn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0870239775

ISBN-13: 9780870239779

Pub. Date: 08/17/2012

Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press

This collection of essays by international scholars from various disciplines addressed the theme of technological pessimism-the conviction that technology has given us the means not to achieve unlimited progress but to destroy ourselves and our most cherished values.  See more details below

Overview

This collection of essays by international scholars from various disciplines addressed the theme of technological pessimism-the conviction that technology has given us the means not to achieve unlimited progress but to destroy ourselves and our most cherished values.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870239779
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
08/17/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Technology, Pessimism, and Postmodernism: Introduction1
The Idea of "Technology" and Postmodern Pessimism11
Technology and the Illusion of the Escape from Politics29
Joseph Glanvill's Plus Ultra and Beyond: Or How to Delay the Rise of Modern Science39
A Victorian Thunderstorm: Lightning Protection and Technological Pessimism in the Nineteenth Century53
When Bad Things Happen to Good Technologies: Three Phases in the Diffusion and Perception of American Telegraphy77
On the Notion of Technology as Ideology: Prospects93
Belated Pessimism: Technology and Twentieth Century German Conservative Intellectuals115
Time and Technology in Heidegger's Thought137
The Politics of Pessimism: Science and Technology Circa 1968151
The Cultural Contradictions of High Tech: Or the Many Ironies of Contemporary Technological Optimism175

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